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This time Brian Payne says he's shutting shop for good. SG310112-35MD

This time Brian Payne says he's shutting shop for good. SG310112-35MD

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Three years after a popular Gosberton Clough trader first planned to shut up shop, he’s closing for good and heading up to Scotland to start a new business.

For the past 34 years, people in south Lincolnshire have visited Brian’s Trading Post at Beck Farm Cottage, Beck Bank, for everything for the home from a set of golf clubs to concrete paving slabs.

I was the first to start a business in Gosberton Clough and I’m the last one standing.

Brian Payne

Owner Brian Payne (72) has made a living out of other people’s junk over the years, mainly collected from house, shop and factory clearances, and he has filled old buildings as well as his yard with things such as tools, toys, china, pegs, furniture, slabs, timber, walking sticks and wallpaper.

His decision to close his business in 2012 was cancelled following its auction, although he says he’d rather not say why.

But he’s kept going until now and will finally shut up shop on Sunday, April 19.

Brian said: “I was the first to start a business in Gosberton Clough and I’m the last one standing.

“The area is not the same anymore – I’ve had enough.”

Once in Scotland, Brian won’t be planning to retire – he’s starting again by opening a military museum, gift shop and tearoom.

His partner, Jane, is also looking at opening a pet-friendly B&B and self-catering accommodation at a farm in the Inverness area.

Meanwhile, residents will be able to snap up a bargain at a huge clearance sale at Brian’s Trading Post.

He said: “There’s thousands and thousands of ornaments and bric-a-brac items for 50p, plus everything you could want for a home and garden.”